Join Us for the 2016 Tour De Pines
8th Annual Bike Tour of Itasca State Park
August 20, 2016
Beautiful roads. Big trees. Quiet lakes. The headwaters of our nation’s greatest river. Delicious food. Excellent organization. New cycling friends. Welcome to the eighth annual Tour De Pines Bike Tour of Itasca State Park. We are proud to present a sister ride to the Minnesota Ironman Bicycle Ride. The Tour De Pines is a beautiful single day bike tour in Northern Minnesota, in and around Itasca State Park.
Join us on Saturday, August 20th for another gorgeous ride in the north woods!
Make a weekend out of the ride. There are things to do for the whole family, regardless if everyone is a cyclist. Explore the park. Climb the viewing tower. Visit historic Douglas Lodge. Take the family photo at the Headwaters. Summertime in Itasca is incredible!
Please review your new route options
In 2015, we created several new long routes including 50, 60 and 70 mile options. None of the routes are exceptionally hilly, but they roll enough to keep it interesting. All of the routes follow quiet, beautiful roads. However, cyclists will be sharing the road with automobiles. Please pay attention.
- The 50 mile option skips the Wilderness Drive and heads south directly from the start.
- The 60 & 70 mile options include Wilderness Drive. The decision whether to ride 60 or 70 is made at the 30 mile mark. (the Emmaville Store rest stop).
- All long routes include stops at the Emmaville Store and Summerhill Farm
- There is also a convenience store and county park in Lake George
We have multiple rest stops on each route:
Online Registration is Open
- Pre-registration = $40 ages 18 and over (thru 8/16/16)
- Ride Day registration = $50 ages 18 and over
- $20 ages 17 and under registration (any time)
Stay With Us
Headquarters for the Tour de Pines is the HI Mississippi Headwaters Hostel. Located in Itasca State Park, just a short distance from the headwaters of the Mississippi River, HI Mississippi Headwaters hostel is a beautifully restored log building. Constructed in 1923 as the park headquarters, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.Itasca State Park, recently rated one of the nation’s top 50 state parks by National Geographic, features some of Minnesota’s last remaining virgin pine forest.
Enjoy outdoor recreation year-round on over 30 miles of hiking and cross-country ski trails and 17 miles of paved bike trails right from the hostel’s doorstep. Bike and boat rentals and a swimming beach are across the road. The park offers summer naturalist programs and displays on Native American culture and early explorers. – See more at our website
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2016 Tour de Pines